The following list is of AHG Registered Herbalists who have indicated their willingness to provide herbal mentorship. Students are encouraged to contact potential mentors directly. Please refer to the AHG Mentorship Handbook for tips on how to initiate a mentorship.
Susan J Fidler, MS, RH(AHG)
Susan Fidler trained at the College of Phytotherapy in the UK where she qualified with honors. The degree program included over 500 hours of rigorous clinical training with clients at the London Clinic of Phytotherapy and with other full-time herbalists. Good pharmacy practise was a necessary part of graduation, and the current clinic endeavors to comply strictly to good manufacturing practise. The office is in a medium sized town in TN to which a wide cross section of clients have access. Custom blends of herbs are made for each client and these may be supplemented with high quality products as needed. Over 30 herbs are wildcrafted and others are supplied from organic growers locally whenever possible. Susan is also trained in TBM and uses muscle testing as part of her analysis. From time to time biofeedback testing is also done using an Asyra machine. Every effort is made to ensure cooperation with any other health providers that a client may have wherever possible. This includes talking directly to members of the medical profession and checking blood work and other test results to assess progress. Great care is taken with possible herb-drug interaction, but also the nutritional deficiencies caused directly by drug therapy. Riverdell Herbs LLC has its own herbal dispensary with strict oversight and computerised batch management. Any student would be expected to become familiar with the Batch Master system, dispensing routines and necessary sanitation procedures. At present there are no opportunities for employment. Specialty areas you are available to offer mentees. (See details below.) Many people in East Tennessee are from Scots-Irish descent, and are thus statistically far more likely to be gluten intolerant than other people groups. Thus at Riverdell Herbs we have specialised in herbal management of subsequent disease/malnutrition states of these clients. Because of the Appalachians nearby there is a high incidence of tick-borne diseases and the clinic works with many people afflicted with Lyme disease. In person only, $7/hour. Trade considered depending on the student's abilities, weeding, garden work, making tinctures, wildcrafting etc. Differential diagnosis, Nutritional medicine, Red flags for urgent referral, Building an appropriate referral network, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, etc., Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Office management, elementary tongue and pulse diagnosis, plus "reading the signs" western style.
David Harder, RH(AHG)
I practice herbal medicine and individual assessment , weaving my knowledge of Traditional Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine and Science into a protocol, personalized for my clients. Inclusion of the appropriate foods and nutrients is a fundamental for most of my clients. My primary teachers were David Winston, Michael Moore and William LeSassier. I am a cofounder and one of the primary practitioners at the Changewater Wellness Center, Changewater, NJ a sliding scale clinic currently open 1 day per month. This is a busy teaching clinic offering affordable care to those who can not afford private services. There is an herbal dispensary on site. Case histories of clients are discussed in the round with the participation of practitioners and attending students. In Person in attendance at the clinic only. $45 for 5 hours. Clinical Specialties: Western assessment, Lab analysis, Functional Medicine, Differential diagnosis and assessment, Nutritional medicine, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Dispensing and formulating and medicine making, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Office management, Ch. Medicine, using tongue, pulse, visual and listening assessments, eye and achilles reflexes.
Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH(AHG)
Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH(AHG) comes from a background as a clinical herbalist, educator, and ethnobotanist. Her herbal practice integrates scientific understanding, traditional reverence, and intuitive awareness. Her clinical strategies are influenced from teachers such as James Duke, Kevin Spelman, James Snow, and Simon Mills through Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is also influenced by herbal grandmother lineage, the Indiana Amish, and South American Shamanism. The foundation of her work includes stress management, anti-inflammatory living, and support for chronic conditions. Mimi has directed, designed, and instructed herb school curriculum many years. During that time she has managed a student run herbal clinic and a fully stocked apothecary and product line. Mimi can also provide mentorship for administrative interns looking for office, networking, organizational and business skills.
Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), Co-Chair, AHG Symposium Committee
Ready to use your herbal training to establish yourself as an herbalist in your community? Let me help you build your clinical skills and provide the support you need to practice with confidence. My mentorship program offers personalized support and constructive feedback through individual sessions by phone, Skype, or in person at my Clayton (Georgia). I also occasionally organize roundtable discussions with all of my mentees to review cases together. Mentoring with me requires a six-month commitment. Each month you'll receive two private one-hour phone sessions and a reasonable amount of email communication. During our sessions we can review case studies and/or discuss any other related matters, such as business logistics, practice policies, and personal issues that come up in the process of establishing your practice. My mentoring fee is $50 per hour. If you need help deciding if working with me a good fit (for both of us), we can arrange to speak by phone. To apply, contact me for an application. You can read more about me on my website. Send me an email. I look forward to collaborating with you as your build your clinical skills!
Holly Hutton, MFA, MA, EWCH, RH (AHG)
I am a clinical herbalist, teacher and writer. I attended and graduated from the East West School of Planetary Herbology as a East West Certified Herbalist. The school is operated by Michael and Leslie Tierra some of the founders of the American Herbal Guild (AHG). Prior to this I worked as a director in several social service/non-profit organizations focused on homelessness and poverty.
Currently I am the owner and formulator of an herbal products company, Herbal Goddess Medicinals. When not seeing clients I teach, serve on the American Herbal Guild Council, and am writing several publications on bioregional herbalism and medicine making. I currently am on faculty at the East West School of Planetary Herbology, where I teach medicine making and review student essays. I also teach through Central Oregon Community College and private workshops on an assortment of topics ranging from herbs for aging to pediatrics.
My goal as a mentor is to increase a student's clinical expertise and guide them through the process of becoming a Registered Herbalist of the AHG. My own expertise is in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but I am versed in Western Herbal traditions, and rely on a worldwide materia medica viewpoint. I view a mentorship as a partnership between student and teacher with the goal of developing a new cohort of professional clinical herbalists.
Distance and in person/$60 an hour
Clinical Specialties: TCM assessment skills, medicine making, cGMP's, formulation, marketing and business strategies, building a clientele, herb/drug interactions and nutritional assessment and counseling. Clinical specialties include pregnancy and lactation, autoimmune disorders, complementary therapies for cancer and healthy aging strategies.
Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC
Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC The Natural Nurse has been involved in Natural Medicine since 1964. She directed a program in Ethnobotany at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, attended Rutgers and Cornell Universities, sat on the Panel of Traditional Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian, and is a Medical School Instructor, teaching Botanical Pharmacology. Ellen is a Registered Herbalist of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), nationally board certified as an advanced practice holistic nurse (AHN-BC), is an author, TV and Radio Host, teaches indigenous medicine through tours at www.ecotoursforcures.com, and offers online Certification Programs in Herbal Medicine at www.naturalnurse.com"I have been learning and teaching the medicinal use of herbs for decades, as well as providing information to thousands of individuals on how to use herbs for themselves, their clients and their families. I am a medical school professor, and teach medicinal pharmacognocy at the masters level. I am also a hands on indigenous herbalist with a strong belief in interspecies communication with plants and other living and earth based personalities, as well as a wildcrafter. Prerequisites: Strong desire to learn about the traditional as well as the scientific aspects involved in the known and unknown mechanisms of action of herbs. Respect for the individual consciousness of plants. Hint: Read The Secret Life of Plants. I have been traveling extensively to indigenous areas of the world to seek out medicine people. I lived for years in a grass shack in southern Mexico, as an apprentice to a "curandera". My children were born in an off the grid homestead in Bisbee Arizona, and never had a vaccination or anti-biotic. We used herbs and homeopathics for all ailments. I was also a midwife and assisted at prenatal counseling and home births. I currently run Shamanic Journey Expeditions through my organization, along with Dr. Eugene Zampieron, ND, www.ecotoursforcures.com, and we offered this course through Stony Brook University for 3 College Credits. I studied with many teachers such as John Christopher, Bernard Jensen, Ann Wigmore and Hazel Parcells. I have been on panels and co-taught with Mark Blumenthal, Roy Upton, Aviva Romm, Rosemary Gladstar , Chris Hobbs, David Winston and many other current herbalists. I was the head nurse for 23 years at The Corsello Centers for Complimentary Medicine, and am now a Medical School clinical instructor. I LOVE the interface between spirituality and science, and the scientific validation of long understood traditional uses of herbal medicines. I have also had a fulfilling career within the nutraceutical industry as a professional herbalist with Nature's Answer. Distance and in person. $100/hour or 5 hours prepaid for $ 400.00I would consider energy exchange, such as help with social media, PR, sending articles out to many sources, etc.
KP Khalsa, Yogaraj, DN-C, RH, LMT, NCTMB, CC, NAMAPM
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), DN-C, RH, LMT, NCTMB, CC, NAMAPM, has over 40 years of experience in holistic medicine, and is one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America. Khalsa is the former president of the American Herbalists Guild, and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer. Khalsa is a state certified dietitian and nationally registered herbalist, nationally certified massage therapist, a certified education provider for The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Florida State Board of Massage Therapy and senior editor for The Harvard University Natural Standard. Mr. Khalsa personally trained with Ayurvedic master Yogi Bhajan for 32 years. He is nationally credentialed to teach herbalism, yoga and bodywork, including Ayurvedic massage and spa techniques. Khalsa is one of the first nationally certified instructors of Kundalini yoga in the United States. He also holds the highest qualification level of registered yoga teacher, 500 level, and was one of the first to achieve this credential. Khalsa is the founder of the International Integrative Education Institute (IIEI). The divisions of the IIEI, The Herbalists College and the Ayurveda College, offer post-secondary curricula to train professional herbalists around the U.S. As the author of over 3,000 published health articles, Mr. Khalsa has written or edited 30 books and on a variety of health topics including major works on massage, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and physiology. His latest book, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs, co-authored with Michael Tierra, brings to life Ayurveda in an understandable and practical way. He is also a frequent contributor to mainstream and professional publications in the natural healing field, and is a contributing editor to Let's Live, The Herb Quarterly, and Great Life. Khalsa is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and faculty member in the Botanical Medicine Department of Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine, where he trains naturopathic medical students, and teaches Ayurveda. Khalsa is also the herb program curriculum director at the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda. Today Mr. Khalsa's approach to holistic healing is very eclectic. His work is focused on herbalism, the medical and therapeutic value of Yoga, Ayurvedic massage, meditation and other holistic therapies. He lives with his family in Eugene, Oregon. Distance only. $85/hr. Packages are available.
Richard Mandelbaum, RH(AHG), Council member
Richard Mandelbaum RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn and in Sullivan County, NY. He is a founding partner, director, and teacher at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, teaching on a diverse range of clinical subjects. He has been a Registered Herbalist of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) since 2003, and joined the AHG Council in October 2012. Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and social justice, and is a member of the Governing Board of the Brooklyn Food Coalition. He is currently on the faculty at David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ (focusing on Botany, Mycology, and Legal and Regulatory Issues for the Herbalist). Richard has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, with a background in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions. His materia medica is a blend of native and naturalized plants, traditional East Asian and traditional European plants. He is a graduate of David Winston's School of Herbal Therapeutics in New Jersey as well as having studied at Rosemary Gladstar's Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Vermont, and in New York City with herbalist William LeSassier. Richard is available for in-person mentorships in both Brooklyn and Forestburgh NY (southern Catskills). He also has experience in providing distance mentorships when the mentee does not have access to a suitable mentor in her/his region. Mentorships typically focus on case reviews in which Richard provides feedback to mentees on cases they are working on; including diet, lifestyle, herbal and other supplement-based recommendations to form an integrated protocol. This is complemented by other topics as identified in the course of the mentorship or through an initial review of the mentee's knowledge base and background, and can include: materia medica, traditional Chinese diagnostic techniques, assessment, and review of the Chinese organ system and patterns of disharmony, field botany and medicine making, or review of Western-based herbal approaches for varying conditions. Richard practices as a single practitioner (with a referral network). In-person supervision of clinical work generally does not form a regular part of Richard's mentorships. Distance and In person, Hourly Rate TBD. Clinical Specialties: Differential diagnosis and assessment via traditional methods or modern scientific methods, Nutritional medicine, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Red flags for urgent referral, Building an appropriate referral network, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Traditional Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis
Don Ollsin, MA, RH (AHG)
I am an herbal elder. I have been studying, teaching, wildcrafting, making medicine, healing, consulting, herbal politicking, and running clinics, dispensaries and retail outlets since 1970.I recently completed a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication to help serve my students and the planet better. I have also trained with Indian mystics and Native elders. I teach modern and traditional systems of healing. I no longer see a fragmented disassociated body or world. Physiologically, I no longer see the body as made up of separate systems, but rather as a matrix, the extracellular matrix. I see the earth, water, sun and sky as sentient beings, along with all the other forms, such as rocks, plants, animals and humans. I teach and practice "sentient openness". At a deep level, deep transformative healing is possible and probable. I see herbs as my friends and companions, not as biochemical factories here to serve me. Herbs can heal you just by being in their presence alone, with no need to ingest them. Herbs are light eaters and heal through the transmission of light. I teach my students to find such allies. When we visit the ginkgo tree, I remind my students that six ginkgo trees survived at the epicenter of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and are still alive today. I show my students the beauty of nature. I wish to share my teachings, from the traditional, like grassroots herbalism, shamanism, and Ayurveda, to the modern, like the extracellular matrix, the zero point field, and the biology of perception. I can speed your journey by guiding you to the right sources for each level of learning. Being an elder, I can provide and/or guide you to the knowledge that you need to become a proficient healer. I want to train as many young herbalists as I can and get those that want to be recognized as Registered Herbalists by the AHG. I support and believe in the AHG, as I was part of the original crew of herbalists who dreamed of such an organization at Breitenbush Hot Springs so many years ago. It takes a lot more than information to empower someone. Even if they understand the concepts, they don't necessarily have the ability to apply them or to achieve the outcomes they wish to. This is education, not just information. I accept the responsibility to do everything I can to support my students. If you do the work, you will become a professional herbalist. Information is cheap. True education comes at a premium. When you make an investment into something, it signals everyone and the universe that you are serious. Mentoring provides the magic of individual support and the guidance that distinguishes information from education in the first place. Together, we will establish checkpoints to measure how you are reaching your goals, through both group check-ins and individual accountability. To join or find out more information visit the Herbal Mentorship Collective (http://www.herbalmentorshipcollective.com). You can also contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) or text or phone (250-592-7544).Cost for the mentorship program is $75.00 US or $97.00 CAN per month. http://www.herbalmentorshipcollective.com
Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, RH (AHG)
Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, RH (AHG), has been studying holistic wellness for over a decade. She believes in using lifestyle changes, food, and herbs as medicine (in that order). She has been teaching holistic nutrition and majors biology at Hill College since 2008, and is the founder and educator of the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the only accredited (financial aid eligible) wellness pathway that includes both the educational and clinical training required for three national holistic wellness boards (NANP, AHG, ICHWC) as part of one complete program that also leads to an Associate of Science degree. Lori Rose has her BS in bio-environmental science, her MS and PhD in biology, is a nationally certified nutrition professional, nationally board certified in holistic nutrition, and nationally registered clinical herbalist. She studied herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar, Juliet Blankespoor, Rosalee de la Foret, KP Khalsa, Paul Bergner, Kami McBride, Sam Coffman, and various herbalists through Herb Mentor (jim mcdonald, Todd Caldecott, John Gallagher). She also runs her own private holistic nutrition and clinical herbalist business, Lori Rose Holistic, and teaches organic permaculture gardening through city and school gardens. She specializes in addressing chronic health issues holistically, and hopes to help mentees get comfortable with the hands-on clinical and business aspect of being a clinical herbalist and becoming a registered herbalist through the AHG. She also provides training in holistic nutrition and successful coaching aspects of health protocols, and is equally qualified in all three areas. Mentees can sign up for 2 group clinical courses through the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, obtaining college credit and using financial aid/veteran's benefits while learning the clinical and business aspect of holistic health protocols. Mentees can also sign up for private one-on-one mentor sessions via phone, email, Skype, or in person ($100/hour).http://loriroseholistic.wordpress.com/